Corps Dams Hold Back Water Preventing Billions in Damages

Burnsville Lake One of the Few Rec Areas Still Open
Burnsville Lake One of the Few Rec Areas Still Open

HUNTINGTON, W.Va….Dams and reservoirs within the Huntington District are holding back significant flood waters resulting from the substantial amount of rainfall throughout the district’s 45,000 square-mile area. These dams have performed as designed to minimize flood impacts to downstream residents.

“Our dams are designed to store flood waters,” Col. Robert Peterson, Commander of the Huntington District said. “We have no issues with how they are operating and have no concerns with the integrity of any of our dams during this flood event.”

The Corps is continuing to coordinate with local, state and other emergency management agencies and officials to share information on current conditions at its reservoirs. Corps professionals are on site and monitoring conditions to ensure public safety.

Huntington District dams have reduced flood damages by more than $11 billion to date.

For more information or to check the latest water levels and conditions, visit our water management website at  http://bit.ly/e5O7wc.

LOWER OHIO APPROACHES RECORD LEVEL

 

Similarly, water levels on the lower Ohio River are approaching historic levels. To support the efforts to reduce severe flooding impacts on the lower Ohio River, Huntington District will reduce discharges at its dams and reservoirs to minimum flows to retain as much water as possible without impacting public safety or the integrity of the dams.

Dams within the Huntington District with safety concerns will not store any more water than has been determined to be safe. Huntington District dams will continue to hold back water for the next 30 days, to effectively use their storage capacity to reduce flooding impacts on the lower Ohio River. The Corps will continually assess the situation and if determined necessary will begin controlled releases to reduce the level of water being stored behind our dams.

As a result, many recreation areas will be temporarily impacted and may be closed for an extended period. The Corps will monitor weather forecasts to prepare for future rain events and determine when to begin controlled releases if potential exists for a significant rain event in our region. We are coordinating with local, state and other emergency management agencies and officials to share information on current conditions at our reservoirs. Corps professionals continue to monitor the condition of our dams to ensure public safety.

 

(UPDATE: Although MOST recreation areas have closed, as of May 4, Burnsville Lake in West Virginia is operating normally at this time, and Bulltown Campground is open for business. Riffle Run Campground continues to be closed for construction.)

For more information or to check the latest water levels and conditions, visit our water management website at http://www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/home.html or call the Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5353 or 304-360-5558.

Comments powered by Disqus